Healthcare Quality and Safety

Guide: Monitoring Programme for unannounced inspections undertaken against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This is a guide to HIQA’s programme of monitoring with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections. It explains HIQA’s approach to monitoring the compliance of service providers – including hospitals – with the Standards and it refers to unannounced inspections only.

Patient Safety Investigation report into services at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and as reflected in the care provided to Savita Halappanavar

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This report presents the findings from the investigation into the care provided by the HSE to patients, including pregnant women, at risk of clinical deterioration. It presents 34 recommendations that focus on improvements required in the University Hospital Galway and across the other 18 public maternity hospitals in Ireland.

Overview of Healthcare Interoperability Standards

Date of publication: 
Thursday, July 11, 2013

This report features a thorough overview of healthcare interoperability standards in Ireland and elsewhere. These standards allow health information to be shared electronically to help patients and health professionals make decisions based on the best available information.

Guidance on Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Minimum Data Sets to Monitor Healthcare Quality Version 1.1

Date of publication: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013

This updated report provides additional clarity on some elements of key performance indicators. KPIs promote accountability to service users, by facilitating comparisons with other organisations, and to stated objectives or targets of an organisation. The original document was published in September 2010.

Guide: Monitoring Programme for National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

Date of publication: 
Friday, November 2, 2012

This document outlines the Authority’s monitoring approach and includes some reference documents as appendices, including monitoring assessment sample documents such as the document and data required, the on-site agenda and the on-site observation tools.

Pre-hospital Emergency Care Key Performance Indicators for Emergency Response Times Version 1.1

Date of publication: 
Friday, October 5, 2012

This updated report provides additional clarity on technical elements of key performance indicators. The Authority’s report outlines time-based pre-hospital emergency response time targets for patients with emergency conditions. The original document was published in January 2011.

General Guidance on the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This Guidance is designed to complement the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare. It aims to provide a common understanding on how the National Standards apply across all healthcare services and facilitates service providers in understanding and adopting them

Guidance on information governance for health and social care services in Ireland

Date of publication: 
Thursday, September 13, 2012

This guidance is aimed at helping healthcare professionals to improve how the health service handles patient information, and it provides practical examples on how to help prevent breaches from happening.

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